Mallorca conjures up images of striking blue waters, rocky coves and extensive stretches of fine sands. The island boasts over 260 beaches, so whatever requirements you have for the perfect beach day, you’re bound to find one that ticks all the boxes. Looking for somewhere for the kids to run around? Check. Want to get the blood pumping with watersports? Check. Or perhaps you’re after somewhere remote to, ahem, tan all the nooks and crannies? Also check. The travel experts here at Plum Guide have done the difficult job of beach-testing (yes, that’s a thing) purely to put together this guide. So, whether you’re planning a trip or reading this on the plane, take a look at our guide to the best beaches in Mallorca.
Es Calo del Moro
View of the bay from S'Almunia, Mallorca
Es Calo del Moro may be one of the smaller stretches of sand you’ve ever perched on, but what it lacks in size is made up for in views. Gaze at bright blue waters lapping at the shore, surrounded by high cliffs topped with greenery, a rocky trail winding down the cliffside—the extra effort it takes to get here makes it much more special. Located on the island’s southern coast near the village of S’Almunia, this Blue Flag beach is preserved by a private foundation and is beautifully maintained, so you won’t find any development here.
If you prefer to conduct your beach activities au naturel, then Cala Torta is one of the best beaches in Mallorca to don your birthday suit. Located on the northwest tip of the island near the town of Arta, this is one of Mallorca’s most secluded beaches. Nestled amongst the rocks and dunes of a nature reserve, the beach is a romantic sweep of fine white sand. Bring everything you need for the day, as you won’t find any restaurants, showers or toilets here. The beach shelves quickly, so it may not be a suitable destination for younger children (at least you won’t have to explain why some people’s clothes are missing).
Seascape and rocky hills in Sa Calobra, Majorca
For thrill-seekers, the drive to Sa Calobra is an adventure in itself. The winding road has its fair share of hairpin curves, switchbacks and dips, including a tunnel that goes through a mountain (if the thought is already making you queasy, you can also take a ferry from Port de Soller). Once you get to Sa Calobra, you’ll find a pebbly beach with amazingly clear water, surrounded by towering rocky cliffs. The beach is at the end of Torrent de Pareis, a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape site. This canyon is popular with hikers and cyclists, so bring your boots if you fancy a challenge.
Turquoise water at Cala Barques, Mallorca
Another Blue Flag beach, Cala Barques is located in the town of Cala San Vicente. Although it’s backed by hotels and resorts, Cala Barques isn’t overcrowded and has a good balance between beachfront development and a relaxing atmosphere. It’s ideal for families as there are all the services you need here, including a lifeguard during the summer months. If you can peel yourself away from the sun loungers, there are water sports rentals for those seeking a bit of action. While you’re here, visit the nearby Hypogeum of Cala San Vicente, a cave temple dating back to the Bronze Age.
Platja de Alcudia
Another family-friendly beach is Platja de Alcudia in the medieval town of, you guessed it, Alcudia. This three-kilometre stretch of sand is one of Mallorca’s longest beaches, with plenty of room to play and run around. The shallow, warm waters are perfect for small children to splash about in, and the fine, flat sands are ideal for sandcastle building (we’ve confirmed this ourselves). There’s everything you could possibly need here, from showers and toilets to kayaks and pedalos for rent. There’s even a playground should the kids need to let off some steam. You would think that all these facilities would attract large crowds, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that the beach remains low-key even during the summer.
Nestled in Mondrago Natural Park, restaurants and resorts are replaced by sand dunes, forests and rocky coves. Despite S’Amarador being quite a large beach, it’s never too busy here. The blindingly white sands and shallow, turquoise waters attract families, and there are all the main services like bathrooms and refreshments. The beach is backed by pine trees which provide a welcome relief during the hottest hours of the day. As well as S’Amarador beach, you can also take a walk and explore the adjacent Cala Mondrago and Cala d’en Borgit.
It’s impossible not to be drawn in by the sparkling waters of Cala Mesquida, one of the most beautiful beaches in the scenic northeast part of the island. Stretching for 300 metres, there’s ample space to set up your towel. The sea gets very shallow at low tide, so you can wade out for a fair distance from the shore—perfect for those competitive knee-deep paddle ball tournaments. One end is a protected nature reserve area made up of sand dunes and pine forests, providing a welcome break from the developed end of the beach.
The beach of Es Trenc on the island of Mallorca
What would a list of the best beaches in Mallorca be without the famous Es Trenc? Although it’s one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, it remains virtually undeveloped, with the majority of it being part of a nature reserve. Stretching lazily between Colònia de Sant Jordi and Sa Ràpita on the south coast, expect to see nothing but powder-white sand and the bluest waters you’ve ever seen. Self-proclaimed gourmands should check out the nearby Salinas de Es Trenc saltworks to see how the famous fleur de sel sea salt is harvested.
Tucked away on the southeast coast of Mallorca, the gorgeous cove of Cala Llombards manages to stay off the tourist trail, making it one of the island’s best-kept secrets. With its steep cliffs and narrow beach, many liken it to a Norwegian fjord (but with much better weather). The waves are always calm, so bring your snorkel gear along—we’ve seen schools of tropical fish dancing in the crystal waters. When you’re not splashing about in the Caribbean-like waters, admire the small fishermen’s cottages which line the bay, adding to the charm of the place.
Platja d’es Carbo
What’s that saying, the one that goes something like ‘the harder it is to get to, the more beautiful it is’? Whether we made it up or not, it applies perfectly to Platja d’es Carbo. To get here, set off on foot from the town of Colònia de Sant Jordi. A leisurely three-kilometre stroll along the coast (stop for a dip at Platja d’es Dolç) will bring you to Es Carbó's inviting emerald waters. Backed by sand dunes, there’s nothing else apart from pine trees and low-lying shrubs as far as the eye can see. It’s the type of place you come to get wrapped up in a good book, but don’t forget to bring everything you need for the day.
Kite surfing at C'an Pastilla, Mallorca
If you’re after somewhere with the full range of amenities, C’an Pastilla is a fine stretch of sand near Palma de Mallorca. With bathrooms, sun loungers, umbrellas and water sports rentals, you’ll be set with everything you need for a long, relaxing day. Isn’t that what a holiday is all about? The beach here is wide and flat, with safe, shallow waters free of currents. When you get peckish, stroll along the beachfront promenade for a bite at one of the many cafes and snack stands. There’s even a bike path and jogging trail should you feel guilty for lying on a lounger all day.
True beach bums won’t want to miss a visit to Cala Formentor, located on the wild Formentor peninsula on Mallorca’s northern coast. This protected bay is a stunning part of the island, the long stretch of fine sand hugged by the Tramuntana Mountains. Cala Formentor is ideal for swimming, with warm, clear waters protected from big waves. There are a handful of amenities like sun loungers, showers and toilets, and a lifeguard during the summer. Backed by shady oak trees and ancient Aleppo pines, get comfy with a book and while away the hours in the best way possible.